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“Great location, yummy breakfast”
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Hotel la Catedral
Ranked #16 of 76 Hotels in Antigua
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Tampa, Florida
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85 reviews
58 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
“Great location, yummy breakfast”
Reviewed August 4, 2013

Hotel La Catedral is located down the street from the main square of Antigua. I cannot imagine a better location.

Staff is very friendly. We loved the bartender, Ari, who was so personable and bought my husband's favorite Guatemalan beer to serve us the second day after he didn't have it on the first day. The front desk staff was very prompt and eager to help with directions and tourist-y recommendations (one drew us a driving map to Vulcan Pacaya when he couldn't find an actual map).

We had a corner room, and while it was small, it was comfortable. There was a large TV. The bathroom was fine, albeit with quirky hot water. The walls were thick, so it was quiet, but that meant that the wifi signal was weak.

The included breakfast was really good and plentiful.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Marina S, Propietario at Hotel la Catedral, responded to this review, August 11, 2013
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Para Hotel La Catedral ha sido un gusto tenerlos como huespedes y saber que fueron bien

atendidos por nuestro staff.

En su proxima visita a Guatemala por favor no duden en visitarnos que sera un placer atenderlos

como se merecen!!

Atentamente,

Marina S.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed August 4, 2013

We highly enjoyed our 3-day stay at La Catedral for its excellent location, its very friendly staff and its delicious breakfast. The rooms are kind of limited in space which is rather normal for this kind of accommodation in Antigua.
On a less favourable note, we can solely mention some noisy neighbours who have already left... and it was pure hazard, of course.

Room Tip: Rooms without windows towards the street.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Marina S, Propietario at Hotel la Catedral, responded to this review, August 11, 2013
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Gracias por hospedarse en Hotel La Catedral.

Nos agrada que el personal los haya atendido bien y que disfrutaran su estadia con nosotros.

Esperamos que vuelvan pronto a saborear los deliciosos desayunos.

Atentamente,

Marina S.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed August 4, 2013

.. but that's just my own personal quirk! You must admit, though - they are the best!!

I digress....

Every good thing written about this wonderful hotel and the helpfulness of Marco the Day Manager is accurate. The Hotel is wonderfully located right near the main square, the room we had (Number 5) was quite roomy and the breakfast was a perfect size (not to mention really yummy selection).

A great couple of days as a base in Antigua.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Marina S, Propietario at Hotel la Catedral, responded to this review, August 11, 2013
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Hotel La Catedral esta muy complacido de saber que su estadia con nosotros fue satisfactoria

y placentera.

Gracias a TripAdvisor sabemos que hemos llenado sus espectativas.

Esperamos que vuelvan pronto a visitarnos!

Atentamente,

Marina S.
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Lubbock, Texas, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed July 18, 2013

I'm going to keep this one simple:

Marco, the manager is a super nice English-speaking guy, who will make sure all of your requests are met asap. Really cool.

The wait staff and housecleaning staff have customer service running out of their pores - so kind - will do whatever they can to make you happier -

The rooms are super nice - the bed is huge and is more comfortable than any tempur-pedic - i could have probably slept 15 hours a day if I allowed myself

Full breakfast is outstanding - try everything on the menu if you can

Nice cable TV - great bathrooms and showers -

great room fan

Unbelievable location near central park - and even though the hotel was full, you would not have known it due what must be the best silencing walls on the planet - Once you get into this place, you experience such incredible solitude -

Am also trying out Hotel Cirilo right now and really like it - no wonder these hotels are 1-2 in the rankings -

I would switch them though and give the top spot to Catedral if it were my choice -

They seem to have better experience with everything and the bed is better - by a long shot

will give Cirilo the nod for its bath tub...

Anyway, five stars for this hotel and I've stayed in plenty of swank Four Seasons and five star hotels in my life - You gotta give this a shot - so worth it - so romantic - but also for the business traveler -

Room Tip: Get a king size bed if you can - I recommend room #4
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Marina S, Propietario at Hotel la Catedral, responded to this review, October 29, 2013
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Gracias por su estadia en Hotel La Catedral, para nosotros ha sido un gran gusto servirlo

y esperamos se vuelva a hospedar con nosotros en su proxima visita a Antigua Guatemala.

Nuestro personal siempre estara pendiente de su regreso!!

Atentamente,

Marina S.
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Santa Claus, Indiana
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed July 16, 2013

I truly enjoy my staying in la Catedral. Everyone is friendly and efficient. Very helpful staff. Maira is a doll. She is so nice and enjoy talking to her. Good breakfast. They clean the room daily. I love their shampoo and conditioner. This is a historical place as well. Great setting. I love to read at the bar at night. Marco Gomez is just great, helpful and speak English. Beatriz is helpful too. I hope I come back next year. It is close to plaza central and cathedral. I wish the best of everyone.

Room Tip: It would be good to provide a small space for a gym perhaps a climber and some weights. However, I h...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
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Marina S, Propietario at Hotel la Catedral, responded to this review, October 29, 2013
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Para Hotel La Catedral ha sido un verdadero placer tenerlo como nuestro huesped!!

Gracias a TripAdvisor sabemos que hemos llenado sus espectativas y estaremos muy

complacidos que nos vuelva a visitar en el futuro!!

Atentamente,

Marisa S.
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Miami, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed July 4, 2013

I had the rare opportunity to deal with two hotels for this trip: the first one, a very uppity, 5 star touting hotel, Casa Santo Domingo, was a total nightmare, from rude staff to outright unprofessionalism when they cancelled rooms that were PAID FOR IN ADVANCE because they did not receive email confirmation by ONE DAY. This was the reason we ended up in La Catedral, and looking back it was a God sent. This Boutique Hotel is close to everything, you can walk everywhere (in contrast with Casa Santo Domingo, from which you NEED a taxi to go anywhere and if you have been to Antigua you know that to embark on those bumpy roads you better leave your kidneys back in the room); not only is breakfast included, the staff (whom you all get to know the first day you are in) will cook it to your taste; the rooms are modern and the bathrooms are up to any 5 star hotel, some are small, but the charming details compensate for the size; clean beyond expectations; and ambiance beyond description, the central patio becomes so tempting, you are bound to sit around and relax instead of doing the touristing stuff. Like the pollen of the white flowers, Hotel La Catedral can cast a spell on you.

Room Tip: All eight rooms are very nice, they vary in size, but they are all very comfortable and well appoint...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Marina S, Propietario at Hotel la Catedral, responded to this review, October 29, 2013
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Hace unos meses estuvo como nuestro huesped en Hotel La Catedral y queremos decirle

que fue un honor servirlo y por TripAdvisor sabemos que hemos llenado sus espectativas,

por lo que estariamos felices que en su proxima visita a Antigua nos visite y se sienta como

en casa!!

Atentamente,

Marina S.
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Brussels, Belgium
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed June 29, 2013

Very nice boutique hotel, where service is important. After our stay, we found out that we paid for 2 nights due to a miscommunication. Everything was quickly arranged and we got a refund.
The bed was the best for the whole trip. the room was not so big, but it didn't bother us. Close to the citycenter and still quiet. To bad that we couldn't enjoy the breakfast because we needed to leave at 5am. but they prepared a nice takeaway :-)

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Marina S, Propietario at Hotel la Catedral, responded to this review, October 29, 2013
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Gracias por su visita a Hotel La Catedral!! Fue un gusto servirles y siempre quedamos a

sus ordenes para el dia que vuelva a visitar Antigua.

Atentamente,

Marina S.
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Property: Hotel la Catedral
Address: 4ta. Avenida sur # 4 | La Antigua Guatemala, Antigua 03001, Guatemala
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Location: Guatemala > Sacatepequez Department > Antigua
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 76 Hotels in Antigua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel la Catedral 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel La Catedral is an authentic Spanish Colonial house, originally built as part of the "Palacio de los Capitanes Generales" in the center of Antigua, Guatemala. Its construction began in 1558. The space was rebuilt in 1754 and it was used as the residence of the General Capitan. The hotel is located one block from the Central Park and the Cathedral (Catedral de Santiago). It is within a minute or two walking distance from many restaurants, cafes, boutiques, and Spanish Colonial ruins. As one of the original structures in Antigua, Hotel La Catedral preserves its charm and elegance and it has been completely restored to bring you all the comfort and rest you're looking for during your stay. It has a very cozy and romantic environment, just like Antigua itself. The hotel has 8 rooms with a King Size bed or with two Full Size beds. Each room individually decorated to give you a slightly different feel each time you visit us. All of them are equipped with Flat Panel TV set, DVD Player, Cable TV, Security Box, Wireless Internet (at no additional cost), telephone and alarm clock. All bathrooms are stylishly and individually designed with antique marble. All toiletries and hair dryer also included. All our rates include, Full a La Carte Breakfast, free international calls to designated countries (time limited) and private parking in the same location. In the same facilities we have an equipped private meeting room and a Family Lounge-Bar. We also organize and coordinate your Tour needing's to any other beautiful destinations as well as transportation from and to Guatemala City. ... more   less 
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